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    2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback To Start At $22,190*


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    This fall will see the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback arrive at dealerships. Pricing for the new Cruze variant will start at $22,190 (includes a $875 destination charge). Compared to the sedan, the Cruze Hatch is about $5,000 more. It should be noted that the hatchback isn't offered in the base L or LS trims like the sedan. The more apt comparison would the Cruze LT sedan which begins at $20,695. Comparing the prices of the LT models sees a difference of $1,495.

     

    The Cruze Hatchback will use the same turbocharged 1.4: four-cylinder engine with 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. No word if the hatchback will get a manual transmission or if it will be just an automatic only model.

     

    Compared to the sedan, the Cruze hatchback offers an additional 3.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats (18.5 vs. 14.​8 cubic feet). Space increases to 42 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded.

     

    Source: Chevrolet

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    2017 CHEVROLET CRUZE HATCHBACK STARTS AT $22,190

     

    DETROIT – The all-new 2017 Cruze Hatchback will start at $22,190 when it arrives in dealerships this fall. The price includes the destination charge, but not tax, title and other dealer fees.

     

    The Cruze Hatch is the latest addition to the expanding Cruze lineup, which was redesigned for 2016. It will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package.

     

    Sharing the Ecotec 1.4L turbo and dynamic driving experience of the sedan, the Cruze Hatch offers increased cargo space of up to 47.2 cubic feet (1,189 L). Along with the sedan, it is the most connected car on the road, with segment-exclusive technologies such as 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, Teen Driver and wireless charging. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility make the most of Cruze’s connectivity with a smartphone.

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    Wow that sounds a little pricey to me.. This is still a compact car.

     

    Focus Hatch: $19,015

    Mazda 3: $18,545

    Golf: $20,175

    Forte5: $18,090

    Elantra GT: $18,800

    Impreza Hatch: $18,795

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    WOW, until I looked at the upper left corner and saw the Chevy Logo, I thought they were showing off a Mazda. That long ass nose and over all body shape reminds me of a Mazda CX3.

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    Wow that sounds a little pricey to me.. This is still a compact car.

     

    Focus Hatch: $19,015

    Mazda 3: $18,545

    Golf: $20,175

    Forte5: $18,090

    Elantra GT: $18,800

    Impreza Hatch: $18,795

    It's premature to assume these things until we see what it comes with standard.

     

    "It should be noted that the hatchback isn't offered in the base L or LS trims like the sedan. The more apt comparison would the Cruze LT sedan which begins at $20,695. Comparing the prices of the LT models sees a difference of $1,495."

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    That's a bit much....

     

     

    You would think they would make these in L and LS trim, as small businesses would use them (think HHRish)

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    It is pricey, but it is also a more up level trim Cruze.  I am not sure how it compares to all those other cars trim levels though.  And Car and Driver just has a comparison in this segment which the Mazda 3 won for the 3rd time in a row, so that is still the best buy.  I don't think the Cruze hatch is overpriced compared to the Cruze sedan, when you look at it that way the hatch might be a good value, it costs about the same equally equipped.

     

    I think the Sonic and Spark need combined into one sub-compact cheap car, that is like $13,500 and bare bones.  The Cruze should shrink in size and price closer to what the Sonic is now, this way Malibu and Impala stick around.  As they push the Cruze up market, it gets right on top of the Malibu, and big cars aren't selling, if the Malibu grows anymore they'll discontinue the Impala.  

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    Wow that sounds a little pricey to me.. This is still a compact car.

     

    Focus Hatch: $19,015

    Mazda 3: $18,545

    Golf: $20,175

    Forte5: $18,090

    Elantra GT: $18,800

    Impreza Hatch: $18,795

    It's premature to assume these things until we see what it comes with standard.

     

    "It should be noted that the hatchback isn't offered in the base L or LS trims like the sedan. The more apt comparison would the Cruze LT sedan which begins at $20,695. Comparing the prices of the LT models sees a difference of $1,495."

     

    You're definitely right but that sucks that you're again forced into a package if you want a hatch. 

     

    A lot of people like the added space and ability of a hatch and you have to pony up a few grand more for Chevy's as opposed to those others listed. Not everybody wants or can afford the creature comforts but need the space of a hatch.

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    Wow that sounds a little pricey to me.. This is still a compact car.

     

    Focus Hatch: $19,015

    Mazda 3: $18,545

    Golf: $20,175

    Forte5: $18,090

    Elantra GT: $18,800

    Impreza Hatch: $18,795

    It's premature to assume these things until we see what it comes with standard.

     

    "It should be noted that the hatchback isn't offered in the base L or LS trims like the sedan. The more apt comparison would the Cruze LT sedan which begins at $20,695. Comparing the prices of the LT models sees a difference of $1,495."[/size]

    You're definitely right but that sucks that you're again forced into a package if you want a hatch. 

     

    A lot of people like the added space and ability of a hatch and you have to pony up a few grand more for Chevy's as opposed to those others listed. Not everybody wants or can afford the creature comforts but need the space of a hatch.

    I agree with that. It sucks not having a cheaper model but I get why they would want a higher margin model out first. Maybe they will tweak that next year.

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    I think the pricing is fine. I mean, in terms of driving refinement, this Cruze is easily the match or better of the Golf.

     

    And again, I want the American car to cost more than imports - in every essense. It's the better car. Buy it, and make America great again, by seeing the USA in a Chevrolet.

     

    We, as North Americans should not look to get a home team discount, not when they're kicking ass and taking names. No, we need to respect them the only way possible, by realizing that all this greatness, from GM, Ford, and even FCA US comes at a cost.

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    I think the pricing is fine. I mean, in terms of driving refinement, this Cruze is easily the match or better of the Golf.

     

    And again, I want the American car to cost more than imports - in every essense. It's the better car. Buy it, and make America great again, by seeing the USA in a Chevrolet.

     

    We, as North Americans should not look to get a home team discount, not when they're kicking ass and taking names. No, we need to respect them the only way possible, by realizing that all this greatness, from GM, Ford, and even FCA US comes at a cost.

    No offense but that is simply the worst thing they could possibly do is to price their cars (assuming they are comparably equipped, mind you) HIGHER than the imports. This isn't Cadillac we are talking about here. This is the ultra competitive compact market, where price is (whether you like it or not) king and you price competitively if you want to succeed in that market.

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    Well, it's not a base model, so... I think its is priced competitively. I think the base price is not low because it's priced high, but because of the omission of a model with less features. Which is admirable, and to me it is a sigh they do want to go further.

     

    And it is a great car...easily worth $2000 over the Toyopets. It is rivals with the current engine right now are the Civic hatch, and Golf.

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    Well, it's not a base model, so... I think its is priced competitively. I think the base price is not low because it's priced high, but because of the omission of a model with less features. Which is admirable, and to me it is a sigh they do want to go further.

    And it is a great car...easily worth $2000 over the Toyopets. It is rivals with the current engine right now are the Civic hatch, and Golf.

    I'm not saying the car isn't worth what they are asking but that wasn't what you were suggesting and as a result not what I was talking about. You think they should be priced more and if the competition is comparably equipped, then you don't just ask for more money just because you think it's worth more. It's worth more when it is seen as being just as reliable and bullet proof as a Honda Civic. Then, you can start carrying the same premium that a Civic does in the average customers mind. Edited by surreal1272
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    Real prices on the Cruze that are out there now are quite a bit higher than the outgoing Cruze. The new Cruze is priced pretty tough. It will take a long time for the customer base to get used to it.

    The new Cruze LT doesn't come with leather wrap wheel and I think there is a tech pkg upgrade that is an option. The hatch will probably get those things standard.

    I would bet the hatch has extra kit over a base LT. I will guess too the automatic is standard and manual is probably a delete option.

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    Wow that sounds a little pricey to me.. This is still a compact car.

     

    Focus Hatch: $19,015

    Mazda 3: $18,545

    Golf: $20,175

    Forte5: $18,090

    Elantra GT: $18,800

    Impreza Hatch: $18,795

    It's premature to assume these things until we see what it comes with standard.

     

    "It should be noted that the hatchback isn't offered in the base L or LS trims like the sedan. The more apt comparison would the Cruze LT sedan which begins at $20,695. Comparing the prices of the LT models sees a difference of $1,495."

     

    You're definitely right but that sucks that you're again forced into a package if you want a hatch. 

     

    A lot of people like the added space and ability of a hatch and you have to pony up a few grand more for Chevy's as opposed to those others listed. Not everybody wants or can afford the creature comforts but need the space of a hatch.

     

     

     

    Agreed....in my case, I just don't need all the toys. Heck, I miss the fact that the Focus hatch used to come with steelies in base trim (Roads here in MI are really, really, bad) I had a cavalier wagon and I was quite fine with that. The hatch should be a choice, not a luxury option. Heck, for a few grand more, I might as well get a Nox then....

     

    Get the feeling GM will get burned here.....

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    Let me inject some real world here. 

    The Hatch is going to be a low volume model and it is going to be more expensive to build. 

     

    Because it is lower volume and to help cover the added cost they make it only available on the upper level trims. This is the same tact that they took with the Diesels as the cars were not cheap to build and will be low volume. 

     

    By doing this they can keep the cost to with in $200 of the LT sedan. Also doing production in Mexico will also try to keep expenses down. 

    The reality is while many on the web say build it, build it not that many are expected to buy. To make money and at least offer a package that looks attractive and still hold some profit the higher package is only offered at least for now. 

    I suspect if the demand is higher they may offer more versions but right now they really don't expect a ton of sales. Lets face it if not for the sales outside the states there would be no hatch here as development cost are just not in line. 

     

    The real issue here is this is not a big segment, GM is not importing them in from overseas where they are made at a lower cost and it is just a tough segment to make money in with the way and the numbers GM expects. 

    Note today automakers are picking and choosing models more on total profit potential and not just making some money. They are now looking at models to see what is the most profitable and even if it is making a small profit the model can be dropped and replaced with a more profitable model. We just saw this with the Verano. Buick will get a new model we have yet to see but it will be expected to sell in higher numbers and make more money. 

     

    Just making a simple profit is just not enough anymore. 

     

    The truth is if everyone who said to build it buys one we would have a run away hit but you know they won't. 

     

    The end game here is GM is not building cars anymore just to survive but now they can pick and choose to make the most profit with where they are at. Also they are out to build cars people will buy and not just want to buy. 

     

    As for the prices listed. lets face it most will have $2K of options added in most cased and put them right where the Chevy is anyway., Few people buy stripped models anymore and $19K does not buy you much in the compact class anymore. 

     

    If anything GM can market the hatch as a better value as most of what people want will already be in the car. 

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    that's bunk to say it costs more to make the hatch.

     

    i'd love for you to prove to us why that statement has any water to it whatsoever.  Because its absolute bunk.  I bet you would say that about VW and the Golf too

     

    Chevy's big problem with the Cruze is going to be that they punted big time on the styling.  They dumbed it down to play to the Corolla / old Civic crowd.  There's no sizzle in the steak anymore.  In the meantime, Honda does the opposite and turns the Civic into a sexy machine.

     

    Some of the cars in the compact class are pushing 20-30% in the US for hatch sales.  The millennials love hatches.  I see a ton around, Mazda 3's , Foci, Elantras, Even if the Cruze sells 10-15% as hatches they will be in the thick.

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    I've read many recent articles stating the hatchback bodystyle is trending upward in sales over the next few years.  I believe it.

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    I've read many recent articles stating the hatchback bodystyle is trending upward in sales over the next few years.  I believe it.

    Completely understandable. They honestly just make more sense with the added space for a car that will get the same mpg and basically cost the same...but you get more room. I love the hatch design. 

     

    I don't agree with only offering a premium trim level, unless it is just a first year thing like Surreal suggested, because they will make it unattainable for some in a class of vehicle that was once marketed around the cheap and affordable. 

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    Yes, as a Sir General Moron, I want/decree that American/domestic cars to be priced higher than the competition, because it is evident of their superiority everywhere, in mostly every segment - and yes also those levels of pricing need to be enforced world-wide. Chevy is now way better than Toyopet. And even with Honda. Even VW in like for like segments of the market.

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    Or they could just make a superior product and let the product sell itself.. it will be a long road but with a price advantage and a superior product they would own the market, hands down. 

     

    If the product truly is the best then it is only a matter of time before the own the market, if it isn't then it won't. 

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    Yes, as a Sir General Moron, I want/decree that American/domestic cars to be priced higher than the competition, because it is evident of their superiority everywhere, in mostly every segment - and yes also those levels of pricing need to be enforced world-wide. Chevy is now way better than Toyopet. And even with Honda. Even VW in like for like segments of the market.

    "better"

     

    In what way(s)? That's a subjective thing to say and that alone means they cannot price their cars above the competition. There are just too many variables in a decision making process for spending tens of thousands of dollars on a car that one brand and car will never be "better" across the entire board. It just isn't possible. Okay, it's possible if the competition just decided to give up but that is not realistic. 

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    Well, I think the Cruze is better than the Toyota CorollaToaster...more refined, nicer interior, better engine, a real transmission, better fuel economy, and more high tech made conventional like Android Auto/Carplay.

     

    I think the Silverado is better than the Tundrarizer - the 6.2 crushes the iForce V8, and the Silverado is more refined, Toyota may have a better off-road truck variants, but that's too nichey, and most trucks in their regular 4x4 forms are pretty capable with software assistance like hill descent control. 

     

    I think the Malibu is totally superior to the Toyota Crapry. Better interior, a real effort of styling (except both car's front ends make me retch), I would say the base engine of the Malibu is far better than the 2.5 in the Crapry, and makes up for the slight difference of the LTG and the 2GR-FE. Plus the Malibu Hybrid...

     

    I think the Impala and Avalon are pretty much even - some things of the Impala are better, the Avalon has a nicer interior and a smoother engine, but lacks Android Auto, Carplay, and also has a smaller trunk. I think the Avalon hybrid being a bonus is less a thing because the Malibu is already now a sizable family car like the Fusion, so making a large sedan is kind of less impactful.

     

    And in terms of subcompacts, $h! even a Spark is superior to the Yaris...YOU know that too.

     

    And then the only small car that Toyota makes is good is a disguised Mazda. But still, why make it themselves, when they can just get a Mazda?

     

    And then large suvs - Tahoe wipes the floor of the Sequioa....

     

    YES, Toyopet is clearly outclassed, and Hyundai is the Toyopet that you MUST buy if you simply cannot live without a Toyotpet.

     

    And in terms of luxo...maybe Lexus still has it slightly on build quality and materials - but a combination of luxo/performance, Cadillac reigns SUPREME.

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    By mocking the Toyota products you're basically just saying you're biased against them and your argument is useless because it is too opinion based. "better" X Y and Z but nothing about that is factual. 

     

    I think the only one that is a hands-down winner is the Silverado over the Tundra and that's mostly because of the multitude of variations that the Silverado is available in. 

     

    You also conveniently skilled over one of their most dominant vehicles in its own market, the Pruis. 

     

    I'm honestly not saying one is better than the other and at the same time, that is my point. To you, the entire GM lineup crushes the Toyota lineup. To some body else it could be completely flipped. And, with the Cruze being brand new, it should be ahead in most measurable categories. To us, we would rather a conventional auto transmission, to non-enthusiasts, they would likely just prefer the seamless CVT junk that we can't stand. 

     

    Just playing a little Devil's advocate here, brother. 

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    that's bunk to say it costs more to make the hatch.

     

    i'd love for you to prove to us why that statement has any water to it whatsoever.  Because its absolute bunk.  I bet you would say that about VW and the Golf too

     

    Chevy's big problem with the Cruze is going to be that they punted big time on the styling.  They dumbed it down to play to the Corolla / old Civic crowd.  There's no sizzle in the steak anymore.  In the meantime, Honda does the opposite and turns the Civic into a sexy machine.

     

    Some of the cars in the compact class are pushing 20-30% in the US for hatch sales.  The millennials love hatches.  I see a ton around, Mazda 3's , Foci, Elantras, Even if the Cruze sells 10-15% as hatches they will be in the thick.

     

    Not my statement but someone from GM.

     

    But it is plausible just due to the fact that they will makeup only 1/4 of sales at best and the less you make of some the higher cost per unit. 

    Add to that you have to have additional cost of crash testing over fewer models and the additional glass and sheet metal used along with more upgraded trim panels that need to be finished vs just trunk matting. 

    Also factor in that they sell less Cruze globally than most other models since they are no longer in Europe. That really hurts as Europe is the largest hatch market there is. 

     

    As for Millennials they are far from the largest segment of buyers and not essentially a profit center for an automaker. 

    This is one of those deals where you have to just use some common sense. If there were large profits here GM would be into it whole hog but the fact is this is not a major profit center and while others may make some money GM can make much more with other models like the Nox etc and sell them well north of the 200K unit mark per year vs. 15K-25K. 

     

    GM I think is just testing the waters and if people respond you will see more if not then don't expect a lot of hatches. 

    As for trends the smaller cars will have hatches as that is the only way you can carry anything. But from Compact up it is a sedan market as a whole. You need to use your trends in context as you have to factor the hatches are made up more by sub compact and micro cars as a whole. 

     

    Companies like Ford, Mazda and VW sell their hatches globally in all areas not like Chevy that only covers part of he globe. 

     

    People respond here expect higher volumes and cheaper models. Till then it is a LT and hell $22k is not much for a car anymore when the average price is now over $35K. As for the low ball cars you don't get much there anymore, 

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    Yes, as a Sir General Moron, I want/decree that American/domestic cars to be priced higher than the competition, because it is evident of their superiority everywhere, in mostly every segment - and yes also those levels of pricing need to be enforced world-wide. Chevy is now way better than Toyopet. And even with Honda. Even VW in like for like segments of the market.

    What?

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      In preliminary testing, the new ZL1 1LE was 3 seconds faster than the standard ZL1 Coupe around General Motors’ 2.9-mile, 18-turn Milford Road Course test track.
      The improved track performance is driven by four key elements:
      Aerodynamics: New aero features including a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia produce grip-generating downforce to help the car stick harder and drive faster in turns.
      Adjustable suspension: The ZL1 1LE features racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers front and rear for exceptional wheel and vehicle control. The front-end ride height is adjustable with the front dampers, which are used with all-new, adjustable camber plates. The rear stabilizer bar also offers three-way adjustability. All of the components are designed for quick changes at the track for optimal performance and a quick return to street settings when the track day ends.
      Wheels and tires: New, lightweight forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 wheels and are used with new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that deliver max lateral grip of 1.10g. Developed exclusively for the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the 3R tires are designed to warm up faster to help maintain more consistent grip and speed, lap after lap. The overall footprint grows approximately 10 percent over the ZL1, but the wheel-and-tire package weighs about 1.5 pounds (3.3 kg) less per corner.
      Lighter weight: The lighter wheels and dampers, along with reduced thickness rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat, contribute to an approximately 60-pound (27 kg) lower curb weight than a standard ZL1 Coupe.
      “The new Camaro ZL1 1LE offers the supreme track experience,” said Mark Dickens, executive director, Chevrolet Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering. “It’s the pinnacle of Camaro performance and advances the 1LE’s nearly 30-year legacy of uncompromising, track-tailored capability.”
      The power behind the ZL1 1LE is the 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match. Brembo brakes, including red calipers with the 1LE logo, are also included. Additional standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose premium audio system, heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.
      The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE goes on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
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      “All US dealer orders are in for the allocated production of the 2017 Chevrolet SS. This includes any additional units that were confirmed for production last year,” said Chevrolet.
      Originally, Holden was planning on building 2,000 SS for the U.S. However, the large demand by dealers for the last SS models caused Holden to add an additional 1,000 models for export.
      Source: Wheels

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    • By William Maley
      With the clock winding down on production of the Holden Commodore, Chevrolet dealers are snapping the remaining lot of SS models being exported to the U.S. Wheels has learned from Chevrolet that the extra 1,000 SS models Holden was planning to build for the U.S. market have been snapped up.
      “All US dealer orders are in for the allocated production of the 2017 Chevrolet SS. This includes any additional units that were confirmed for production last year,” said Chevrolet.
      Originally, Holden was planning on building 2,000 SS for the U.S. However, the large demand by dealers for the last SS models caused Holden to add an additional 1,000 models for export.
      Source: Wheels
    • By William Maley
      Cadillac has been trying to position itself being as an alternative to German brands with models that offer exemplary handling characteristics and sharp designs. But the brand has the issue of models that don’t quite fit the image being presented. The SRX is the poster child for this. Yes, it had the sharp looks the brand was getting known for. But you wouldn’t call it sporty. It was more along the lines of a Lexus RX where luxury and comfort were the main priorities. Enthusiasts and critics were not pleased with this, but consumers gobbled them up. The SRX for a time was Cadillac’s best-selling model.
      Now we come to the successor of the SRX, the 2017 XT5. Those who were hoping for a change in the priorities will be disappointed as the XT5 doesn’t mess with the SRX’s recipe. But is that bad thing?
      Evolution is the impression you get when walking around the XT5. Cadillac’s designers didn’t make any drastic changes to the design profile aside from softening the Art & Science design language. The front now features a comically-large grille and headlights with a strand of LEDs that run into the bumper. Towards the back is an integrated spoiler that extends the roofline, a set of large taillights, and a rear bumper that comes with chrome exhaust ports and a faux skid plate. The XT5 does lose some of the polarizing details that made the SRX stand out, but it still stands out slightly in what is becoming a crowded class.
      Cadillac has been stepping up its game in terms of their interiors with their new models. Case in point is the XT5. Our top-line Platinum tester featured faux suede, leather, and wood trim on a number of surfaces that make it look and feel quite luxurious. We’re glad to see the removal of the Piano Black panel for the center stack as it looked out of place and was a magnet for fingerprints. One design idea we’re not so keen on is the gear selector. Instead of a lever, Cadillac went with a joystick controller to engage the various gears. The controller isn’t intuitive as you’ll find yourself going into the wrong gear or not going into one at all on a somewhat regular basis. You will get the hang of it after a bit, but you can’t help but wonder why Cadillac decided to change this in the first place.
      The leather used for the seats feel quite supple and help fix the issue of uncomfortable seats in the SRX. Interior space has grown, thanks to a two-inch increase in the wheelbase. Rear legroom has grown 3.2 inches and it allows anyone sitting back there to stretch out. Headroom is still slightly tight thanks in part to our tester coming with the optional panoramic sunroof. But this can be alleviated by recalling the rear seat slightly. Cargo space in smack dab in the middle - 30 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 63 cubic feet when folded.
      Cadillac User Interface (CUE) has been one of our least favorite infotainment systems to use since it was introduced a few years ago. The litany of problems ranging from a touch sensitive buttons not responding to inputs to the system crashing have dragged Cadillac down. But the system has been getting a number of changes and updates over the past few years. For starters, Cadillac has removed most of the touch-sensitive buttons from the system. Being able to press an actual button to turn on the heated/ventilated seats or adjust the temperature is really nice. It is a shame Cadillac didn’t bring back an actual volume knob for CUE - the touch-sensitive strip is still there. But at least there are volume controls on the steering wheel that allow you to avoid it. The system itself has been overhauled with a faster processor and a slightly improved interface. The changes make a difference as the system is snappier and a little bit easier to understand. If you still find CUE a bit overwhelming, you’ll be happy to know that CUE now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
      Cadillac bucks the trend in the midsize luxury crossover class by only offering one engine - a 3.6L V6 producing 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque (@ 5,000 rpm). This comes paired with an eight-speed automatic and the choice of front or all-wheel drive. The V6 is the weak link in the XT5. When leaving a stop, it takes a moment for the engine to realize the accelerator pedal has been pressed before it starts working. This is even worse when you’re trying to make a pass as it seems the engine was busy taking a nap before it was hastily woken up. Once the engine is awake, it takes its time to get up to speed. There is a positive to the V6 engine and that is the stop-start system. Unlike some previous systems that are slow to restart the engine or do so in a very rough fashion, Cadillac’s system is quick and smooth when you let off the brake. The eight-speed automatic seems reluctant to downshift at times. We’re guessing this transmission was calibrated for fuel economy. At least the eight-speed automatic delivers smooth shifts.
      Fuel economy figures for the 2017 Cadillac XT5 all-wheel drive stand at 18 City/26 Highway/21 Combined. Our average fuel economy for the week landed around 22.3 mpg in mostly city driving. 
      One characteristic we liked about the SRX was its comfortable ride. Yes, it flies in the face of Cadillac’s message of beating the German’s at their own handling game. But buyers loved the smoothness on offer. Sadly, the XT5 loses a bit of the smoothness. Despite our tester featuring an adaptive suspension system, the XT5 wasn’t able to fully iron out bumps. Some of this can be attributed to 20-inch wheels fitted to our tester. At least the XT5 keeps road and wind noise out of the interior. Like the SRX, the XT5 isn’t sporty. Body motions are kept in check, but the light weight and nonexistent feel from the steering puts a halt to that idea. 
      An item Cadillac has been touting on the XT5 is the Rear Camera Mirror. Available only on the top-line Platinum, the mirror can stream the view from the rear camera by flicking a switch. We found this to be really helpful when backing out of parking lots as it gave a view that isn’t hindered by the thick rear pillars. Hopefully, Cadillac spreads this feature down to other trims of the XT5. 
      In some respects, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is a step forward. The model improves on certain parts of the SRX such as a more luxurious and spacious interior, improved CUE system, and sharper looks. But in other respects, Cadillac messed up with the XT5. The 3.6L V6 needs to be shown the door and a new engine that offers better low-end performance to take its place. The loss of the smooth ride that the SRX was known for hurts the XT5 as well. Finally, there is the price. Our XT5 Platinum tester came with an as-tested price of $69,985. It is a nice crossover. But if we’re dropping close $70,000 on a luxury crossover, we can think of a few models that would be ahead of the XT5.
      It should be noted that the Cadillac XT5 has taken the place of the SRX of being the brand’s best selling model. At the end of 2016, Cadillac moved 39,485 XT5s. But unlike the SRX which we could recommend without hesitation, the XT5 comes with a number of caveats that we cannot do the same.
      Disclaimer: Cadillac Provided the XT5, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2017
      Make: Cadillac
      Model: SRX
      Trim: Platinum
      Engine: 3.6L V6 VVT DI
      Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 310 @ 6,700
      Torque @ RPM: 271 @ 5,000
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 18/26/21
      Curb Weight: N/A
      Location of Manufacture: Spring Hill, TN
      Base Price: $62,500
      As Tested Price: $69,985 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Driver Assist Package - $2,340.00
      20-inch Wheels - $2,095.00
      Trailering Equipment - $575.00
      Black Ice Body Side Moldings - $355.00
      Compact Spare Tire - $350.00
      Black Ice License Plate Bar - $310.00
      Black Roof Rails - $295.00
      Black Splash Guards - $170.00

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